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Kraken: How to Get Started on the Crypto Exchange

We take a look at the pros and cons of one of the older crypto exchanges on the market. Here’s what you need to know about Kraken.
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What Is Blockchain Technology?

Blockchain technology eliminates the need for a trusted party to facilitate digital relationships and is the backbone of cryptocurrencies.
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Crypto Staking 101: What Is Staking?

Staking is a popular way to earn passive income with your crypto investments. Here’s how you can start.
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What's the Point of Stablecoins? Understanding Why They Exist

We break down the different types of stablecoins, the risks of the asset class and the pros and cons of using them.
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What Is a Stablecoin?

A stablecoin is a type of cryptocurrency whose value is tied to an asset such as the U.S. dollar or gold to maintain a stabile price.
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What Is Proof-of-Stake?

Proof-of-stake is a method of maintaining integrity in a blockchain, ensuring users of a cryptocurrency can’t mint coins they didn’t earn.
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Are Blockchain Bridges Safe? Why Bridges Are Targets of Hacks

Billions of dollars worth of digital assets have been lost to hackers of blockchain bridges. We explain why and how bridges can be exploited.
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Are Crypto Mixers Legal?

These tools, aka blenders, can enhance user privacy and make transactions more anonymous – but they have long been abused to launder money.
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Crypto.com: What You Need to Know About the Crypto Exchange and Wallet (Pexels)

Crypto.com Exchange and Wallet: What You Need to Know

The Singapore-based platform specializes in providing users incentives.
Crypto.com: What You Need to Know About the Crypto Exchange and Wallet (Pexels)
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What Are Privacy Coins and Are They Legal?

Regulating privacy coins continues to be a top priority for financial authorities as they attempt to clamp down on illicit crypto trading activities.
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Polkadot 101: Connecting the Dots for Beginners

The “layer 0” project aims to help blockchains connect and communicate with one another.
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Hot vs. Cold Crypto Storage: What Are the Differences?

Whether for security or convenience, choosing the right crypto storage solution can help keep your assets safe.
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A Crypto Must-Know: Public vs. Private Keys

If you're just starting out in crypto, you'll hear a lot about "your keys." But there are two kinds and knowing which is which is, well, key.
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Proof-of-Work vs. Proof-of-Stake: What Is the Difference?

Proof-of-work (PoW) and proof-of-stake (PoS) are two different methods to validate cryptocurrency transactions.
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What Is Near Protocol and How Does It Work?

The layer 1 competitor to Ethereum wants to be the fastest blockchain on the block.
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What Are Layer 2s and Why Are They Important?

To help with scalability and speed, blockchains such as Ethereum utilize secondary blockchains built on top of them, which are called layer 2s.
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Everything You Always Wanted to Know About the Metaverse (but Were Afraid to Ask)

Everyone has questions about the metaverse these days. We rounded up some of the more popular queries to help people understand and start exploring the metaverse.
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What Is a Consensus Mechanism?

Cryptocurrency and blockchain technology rely on consensus mechanisms to function and be trusted by users.
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What Is a Node?

In crypto, nodes are an integral part of the blockchain to validate transactions and keep the network safe.
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What Are BIPs and Why Do They Matter?

Since Bitcoin doesn't have centralized leadership, Bitcoin Improvement Proposals are essential for the community to discuss and approve any upgrades.
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What Is a Seed Phrase?

Your seed phrase is essentially your crypto wallet recovery password if you lose access to the device where it’s initially stored on.
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No Stupid Questions: What’s a Crypto Token, Anyway?

While you might be familiar with cryptocurrencies and how they work, do you know what they actually are?
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What Is Cryptojacking? How to Protect Yourself Against Crypto Mining Malware

While most crypto hacks involve stealing private keys belonging to a crypto wallet and emptying it, cryptojacking involves infecting a device with malware to gain control over it. Here’s how you can protect yourself.
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Quantum Computers vs. Crypto Mining: Separating Facts From Fiction

It has long been a concern that quantum computers could one day undermine Bitcoin and other crypto mining networks, but how realistic is that threat?
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Custodial Wallets vs. Non-Custodial Crypto Wallets

The term “wallet” is used to describe hardware or software that holds cryptocurrencies.
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An Introduction to Sidechains

Sidechains have become essential for helping pre-existing blockchains like Bitcoin to scale and become more interoperable.
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What Are Blockchain Bridges and How Do They Work?

If you want to move tokens from one blockchain to another, you’ll likely need a blockchain bridge to allow those assets to travel.
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What Is a Block Reward?

Block rewards are the units of cryptocurrency earned by miners or stakers for their work on a blockchain.
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What Is Crypto Custody?

There is no shortage of horror stories about stolen funds, hacks and lost passwords in the crypto industry. This is where crypto custody comes into play.
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What is a Distributed Ledger?

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What Are Wrapped Tokens?

Wrapped tokens allow unsupported assets like bitcoin and ether to be traded, lent and borrowed on DeFi platforms.
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Hard Fork vs. Soft Fork

Hard fork and soft fork events refer to the process of implementing new changes to a blockchain project's code.
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What Is a Crypto Airdrop?

Airdrops involve crypto projects sending free tokens en masse to their communities in a bid to encourage adoption.
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Crypto Discord: Where to Go, What to Know

Discord is a great tool to connect with like-minded individuals and engage with their favorite projects. But it's also a lightning rod for scammers.
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Dogecoin Mining 2022: Everything You Need to Know

Dogecoin’s run-up last year attracted record numbers of miners to its network. But how easy is it to mine dogecoin, what do you need to get involved and is it profitable?
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What Is a Dapp? Decentralized Apps Explained

Decentralized applications are creating a new digital economy of peer-to-peer services that removes power from monopolistic companies.
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What Is a Governance Token?

These tokens play an important role in distributing the control of blockchain projects among their communities of users.
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How to Set Up a MetaMask Wallet

MetaMask is a free crypto wallet software that can be connected to virtually any Ethereum-based platform.
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Your First Crypto Wallet: What Is a Crypto Wallet and How to Use It

Buying cryptocurrency has never been easier, but learning how to store it correctly and securely requires a lot more work.
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New to Bitcoin? How to Stay Safe and Avoid Common Bitcoin Scams

Welcome to the world of bitcoin, where you are your first and last line of defense against scammers and fraudsters.
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4 Ways to Stay Safe in Crypto

Online safety is paramount in this digital age, especially when investing and storing wealth in crypto assets.
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What Is a 51% Attack?

Bitcoin SV, Verge and Ethereum Classic are all examples of projects that have suffered 51% attacks. But what is it, how does it work, and what damage can it do?
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What Is an ICO?

At their peak in 2017, initial coin offerings (ICOs) had overtaken venture capital as the main fundraising method for blockchain startups.
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How Does Blockchain Technology Work?

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What Is Cryptography?

Cryptography allows digitals assets to be transacted and verified without the need for a trusted third party.